Susan M. Collins, PhD

Susan Collins

Assistant Professor, Gerontology
School of Human Sciences
Gunter Hall 1260
(970) 351-2464
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests and Community Engagement

Dr. Collins teaches graduate courses in Gerontology, and undergraduate courses in Human Services at UNC. She also supervises the graduate gerontology practicum and internship. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Weld County Area Agency on Aging, the Advisory Council of Weld County RSVP, and the Weld County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Task Force. Her research interests include: individual development within a life span context; attachment relationships in later life; grandparents raising grandchildren; volunteering in later life; and quality of life related to social policy and aging network services.


Ph.D:  (2003) Iowa State University, Human Development and Family Studies, Lifespan Specialization
Master of Arts: (1994) University of Northern Colorado, Gerontology
Bachelor of Science: (1992) University of California at Los Angeles, Sociology (Magna Cum Laude)

Selected Publications and Presentations


(2013) Collins, S.M., Wacker, R. R., & Roberto, K. A. Considering quality of life for older adults: A view from two countries. Generations, 37(1), 80-86.

(2009) Keith, P., Wacker, R., & Collins, S. Family influence, resistance, efficacy in use of services in family elder care. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 52, 377-400.

(2004)  Crull, S. R., & Collins, S. M. Adapting traditions: Teaching research methods in a large class setting. Teaching Sociology, 32, 206-212.

(2003) Collins, S. M. Attachment, social support and loneliness in later life. Doctoral dissertation, Iowa State University,  Ames.


(2014 – September). Collins, S. M., & Wacker, R. R. Our World Growing Older – Insights from a US and Swedish Comparison of Community Support Services. Live Webinar . American Society on Aging.

(2014 April). Collins, S. Online and out the door: Teaching about community resources for older adults in an online format. Resource Exchange presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Denver, CO.

(2011 April). Collins, S. & Aspromonte, J. A community task force for grandparents raising grandchildren: You are not alone. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Society on Aging, San Francisco.

(2010 November). Karlin, N. J., Weil. J., Collins, S., Adams, M, & Fruhauf, C. Understanding disparities among Hispanic and White non-Hispanic Caregivers. Poster presented at the 63rd annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.

(2010 March). Jarrott, S., Freuhauf, C. & Collins, S. Do you dare? Administrative opportunities, responsibilities and challenges in academia. Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education. Reno, Nevada.

(2009, July). Wacker, R., Collins, S., & Keith, P. (July, Paris). Attitudinal barriers toward use of community resources. Poster presentation at the 21st annual meeting of the International World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics.